Preview of April State Board of Education Agenda

March 31 and April 1, 2010

The State Board of Education April Meeting will be held Wednesday and Thursday the Globally Competitive Student Committee, 21st Century Professionals Committee, Leadership and Innovation Committee, and Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee. Access to the SBE Agenda and Executive Summaries as well as back up documents are on the SBE website at the following links: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stateboard/meetings/2010/04

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Globally Competitive Students Committee (10:00 AM)

Action

  • GCS 1 Changes to Policy Providing Annual Performance Standards Under the ABC’s Model The policy is being revised to reflect modifications to the ABC’s formulas for academic change. The Civics and Economics formula is revised to use eighth grade EOG reading and mathematics scores as alternate predictors whenever English I and Biology are not available. This change is intended to assist LEAs who scheduled Civics and Economics in the ninth grade in 2009-2010 and for those who do this in the future. Changes affected by the state’s use of a new English language proficiency test are also included in the requested policy change.  
  • GCS 2 Discussion of North Carolina’s Proposed New Accountability Model Components of the proposed model include; student performance, value-added performance for teachers, schools, and districts, long-term longitudinal growth, graduation rate, Future-Ready Core, and postsecondary readiness. There are decision-points related to each component that require discussion and input from the Board before adopting the new model. In addition to the classification model the Board intends to discuss the performance index numbers and growth index numbers.

21st Century Professionals Committee Meeting (3:00PM)

  • TCP 1 Recommendations from the Advisory Board on Requests for Exception from Teacher Licensing Requirements Requests for exemptions for teachers to the licensure requirements and for prospective teachers who are not able to satisfy Praxis I cut scores will be evaluated by a panel chaired by a member of the Board. This will be a closed session item.

Leadership for Innovation Committee (1:30 PM)

Action and Discussion Agenda

Action

  • LFI 1 Program Exemption Requests Under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act The following programs under the Innovative Education Initiatives Act: Charlotte-Mecklenburg– e-Learning Academy has requested waivers from the calendar law, definition of a school, average daily membership, assignment and enrollment, course for credit and program operation. Hawthorne High School in CMS (High school students at-risk of dropping out of school before attaining a high school diploma) is requesting a waiver from the calendar law and exemption from a new school code; Gaston County-Bessemer City High School (Early College Program for high school at risk students) is requesting waivers for course credits for high school students taking college courses, age requirements for community college entrance, use college level courses to meet graduation requirements, allow calendar law waiver, allow students to attend school on Veteran’s Day, allow the early college to administer state EOC/VoCATS tests, allow college healthful living course to meet high school requirements.  

Guilford County– T. Wingate Andrews High School, (Aviation Academy- High school students at-risk) is requesting waivers for the calendar law, substitute college level courses for high school courses for graduation, allow students to test out of high school course by taking and passing EOC, allow students to test out for required non-EOC course by final exams scores, allow NC principal certification to be waived.

Board staff recommends approval of five of the CMS requested waivers for e-learning Academy and both waivers for Hawthorne.  Of the Gaston and Guilford waiver requests none are being recommended except for the calendar law waiver.

Discussion

  • LFI 2 Grandfather Academy Charter Enrollment Issues The Board reviewed the enrollment issues with Grandfather Academy. State law for charter schools clearly designates in statute the minimum number of students to be served (shall be at least 65), as well as the minimum number of teachers to be employed at the school. Grandfather Academy was given an exemption for minimum enrollment of 50 students in their charter. However, the enrollment at Grandfather has been consistently below their charter minimum. On January 26, 2010 they were requested by the Office of Charter Schools to present a plan for reaching or exceeding the 50 student minimum. In their response and request for a student served exemption, they indicated that the children who attend a school of the nature and purpose of Grandfather Academy must have individualized instruction and attention that cannot be fully realized in a larger setting. The Charter as it is presently written is effective until 2017. The Grandfather Academy has not submitted a plan, as requested by DPI, to reach their minimum enrollment requirement. DPI has not included a recommendation on this item.

March Committee Meeting: The school is currently facing financial issues and their enrollment has dropped to 19 students. The program is important to the students in the area served and Board members discussed why the numbers had gotten so low. The school already had the flexibility for student enrollment to be below the state minimum of 65, but through the past few years it has dropped so low they cannot possibly be financially viable with only $135,000 for next year. Grandfather Academy was originally a private residential school.

New Business

NCVPS/LEO Director’s Report

Business/Finance and Advocacy Committee Meeting (3:30 PM)

Action

  • TCS 1 Proposed SBE Policy Regarding LEA Rules and Regulations Related to Charter Transportation for School Related Events and Activities The Board discussed a new policy to ensure the safety of students who travel on school activity trips by requiring a written plan on file in the Superintendent’s office rules, regulations, and policies to assure the safety of students when contracting for services to provide transportation for students and school groups attending school-related events. The state policy requires each LEA to maintain a pre-approved list of contract motorcoach transportation providers. The Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NCSU has recommended this action in lieu of a statewide permit for motorcoach carriers. In view of the economic issues facing the LEAs it was determined and now agreed upon by the Motorcoach Association that the SBE policy is preferable to a statewide permit program. Notification was sent to all LEAs in May of 2009. The policy is effective on September 1, 2010 and LEAs must comply by that time.
  • TCS 2 Proposed SBE Policy to Require School Bus Driver Certification for Activity Bus Drivers The Board discussed a new policy designed to improve student safety by requiring that new drivers of large school activity buses have received required training prior to transporting any students on school activity trips. Fifty–five of the 110 LEAs responded they already require large activity bus drivers to hold a school bus certificate. A school bus certificate requires six days of training, three days behind the wheel and three days of classroom instruction. DMV provides this instruction. They will also be required to obtain their CDL license by taking an examination once they have completed training. This will be presented for Action in April. The policy impacts NEW drivers effective July 1, 2010. Beginning July 1, 2015, newly certified CDL activity bus drivers would be required to receive school bus certification, as well. LEA’s will also be required to keep records on those individuals who were initially licensed before and after July 1, 2010.
  • TCS 3 Proposed SBE Policy to Require Training for School Bus Inspectors The State Board reviewed a new policy intended to improve student safety by ensuring that the individuals inspecting school buses and activity buses have completed training to educate them on proper school bus and activity bus inspection criteria and procedures. The policy will require school bus and activity bus inspectors to be trained prior to inspecting these vehicles. The effective date of the requirement is August 1, 2011. Initial training sessions for LEA staff are slated to begin July 2010.
  • TCS 4 Tuition Fee for Non-public School Students in North Carolina Virtual Public School The State Board reviewed five options for tuition fees for non-public students to attend the North Carolina Virtual School. These include: Option1) $470 for year-long course, $420 for block and semester course, $270 for summer, $245 or $170 for SAT, Option 2) $750 for year-long course and $375 for semester, Option 3) $468 for year-long course, other courses equal to the teacher amount per student plus $50 (semester $400, summer $250, SAT $225 and $150), Option 4) The student cost paid to the teacher plus $100 ($500 for year-long, $450 for block and semester, $300 for summer, $275 or $200 for SAT) Option 5) The student cost paid to the teacher plus 17.1 percent, $468 for year-long, $410 for block and semester, $234 for summer, $205 or $118 for SAT. The average cost per student per course that DPI has paid to other states over the past few years is $544. The local board of education is required to charge tuition to non-public school students if they are requesting to take courses from NCVPS. The State Board of Education is required to establish the tuition for courses offered in the summer and the following school year by March annually. The State Board shall also identify the portion of the tuition to be retained by the local board of education for managing the collection of the tuition.

Staff is recommending the State Board approve the following: The student cost paid to the teacher plus $100 ($500 for year long, $450 for block and semester, $300 for summer, $275 or $200 for SAT). The charge is based on the teacher amount per student. The additional $100 is based on the $73 average administration cost per student enrollment plus the additional cost to the LEA for enrolling the non-public student. NCVPS would keep $50 and the enrolling public school would get $50. These fees would partially off-set the cost of registering each student.

Action on First Reading

  • TCS 5 Approval of Grants
    • Education for Homeless Children and Youth Grant Awards
      The McKinney-Vento Act seeks to ensure homeless children and youth are provided with a free and appropriate education and will have an equal opportunity to enroll and succeed in school. The total unallocated grant funds from 2008 are $668,190.95. The recommended allotments are as follows: 14 LEAs will receive funds for their initial proposals ($365,000 total); 96 charter schools will receive $750 each ($72,000 total) and the remaining 76 LEAs (who did not apply for a regular McKinney-Vento sub-grant or McKinney-Vento ARRA grant in 2009) will receive $3,041.98 each ($231,190 total). Wake is not listed as one of the 14 LEAs recommended for the immigrant funds nor is it one of the 76 remaining LEAs.
    • 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs The grantees will receive awards totaling $6,721,579.  The 2009-2010 allotment policy for the 21st Century Learning Centers limits awards to grantees that are currently receiving awards so they can make summer programs available to all eligible applicants. The following grantees will receive awards of $50,000 or close to $50,000 in Wake: Aim Salient Learning Grove Church, ACE 21st CCLC Summer Sizzler, NC State University Junots Program, Time On for Learning0Kreepers and Krawlers Learning Center, J.T. Lock Summer Camp, SSSC Soaring Camp, ASP_CEC A Safe Place Child Enrichment Center, Compassionate Summer Institute (Raleigh), Real G.I.R.L.S. Inc., ASIS Foundation, and Wise Youth Summer Program.  Statewide there are approximately 142 programs slated to receive a portion of the funds.

Update on Contracts

Contracts over $25,000 – 24 Proposals

Contracts under $25,000 – 11 Proposals

Adjourn

Thursday, April 1, 2010

State Board of Education Meeting, (9:00 AM) Dr. William Harrison, Chairman

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance:

Approval of Minutes

Key Initiatives Reports and Discussion

Performance Navigator – Mr. Adam Levinson

  • Mr. TeDarryl Powell, Senior Student Advisor to the State Board of Education

Resolution Honoring State Board of Education Member- in Memoriam

  • Ms. Kathy Arnold Taft

Information Agenda

Board Meeting and Committee Chair Reports

Consent Agenda

Superintendent’s Report

-Dr. June Atkinson:

  • Career Ready Commission Report- Mr. John P. Metcalf, Senior Partner Strategic Community Planning, and Mr. Tom Haffner, President, P.T. International Corporation

Chairman’s Remarks

-Dr. Bill Harrison, Chairman

  • Legislative Update:
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